Indian officials said that five S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia will be deployed in key areas to counter the threat from China.
An unnamed Indian official said yesterday that the country has received the first two S-400 long-range air defense systems from Russia, and Indian soldiers are installing the equipment and bringing them to the battlefield. The first complex can reach combat readiness in April, the rest will be operational before 2023.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept the details of the deployment of the S-400 systems secret, but officials with knowledge of the matter said all five regiments will be located in key areas to be ready to respond. threats from China.
An unnamed source said that India has sent a message to the US through diplomatic and security channels, emphasizing that the S-400 missile contract serves national interests in the context that New Delhi faces military pressure from North Korea. Longitude along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is nearly 3,500 km long between the two countries.
Indian Air Force officials earlier this month announced that the country’s first S-400 regiment would be deployed to its base in the northwestern state of Punjab. Indian media said that this battlefield allows the Indian S-400 system to cover the border area with Pakistan, as well as part of the area adjacent to China’s Tibet region.
India ordered five S-400 long-range air defense missile complexes worth $5.5 billion from Russia in 2018. The US has repeatedly said that this could affect the plan to transfer defense technology. Washington for New Delhi in the future, and threatened to sanction the country under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if the contract is fulfilled.
However, Indian officials insist that the S-400 purchase meets an urgent national security requirement, assuring the US that the systems will not endanger weapons that New Delhi has or has already purchased. will buy from Washington.
Analysts say that the S-400 is attractive to many countries, including key allies of the US, because it is considered one of the most modern weapons that Russia possesses, with many advantages. points do not appear on similar Western weapons.
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